July 14, 1943

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES


Third report of special committee on social security.-Mr. Macmillan. Fourth and final report of standing committee on public accounts.-Mr. Fraser (Northumberland).


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


NON-COMBATANT SERVICES FOR CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS

LIB

Mr. WINKLER:

Liberal

1. Have steps been taken to accept into field ambulance and field hospital units those whose religious beliefs prevent them from bearing arms, and to form a new military category to make this possible?

2. Is this done by other allied nations?

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Subtopic:   NON-COMBATANT SERVICES FOR CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS
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LIB

Mr. MACDONALD (Halifax): (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

1. It has been decided to make arrangements so that they will be eligible for employment as required in military hospitals in Canada.

Questions

2. In the United States, according to the Selective Service Act of 1940, those, who, by reason of religious belief, are conscientiously opposed to participation in war and whose claims are sustained by the local board, if inducted into the forces, are assigned to noncombatant service. Conscientious objectors who volunteer may be allotted to medical units in the field.

In the United Kingdom according to the National Service (Armed Forces) Act 1939, conscientious objectors are directed into noncombatant corps for employment only in noncombatant duties. Those having a civilian trade peculiar to the Royal Army Medical Corps are directed into that corps for employment in any unit according to their medical category.

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INTERDEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT AND REHABILITATION

NAT

Mr. MacNICOL:

National Government

1. Is there an interdepartmental committee representative of the defence departments, pensions and national health, and labour, the function of such committee being to plan employment and rehabilitation of ex-service men and others?

2. If so, (a) who are the members of this committee; (b) are they all civil servants;

(c) are there any temporary civil servants on the committee? If so, who are they?

3. What has this committee recommended with regard to, (a) the continuance of national selective service for civilian purposes in time of peace; (b) extension of employment service of Canada control over civil employment; (c) compulsory filing by employers of lists of vacancies; '

(d) national selective service alone sending persons to fill such lists?

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LIB

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre): (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. (a) Chairman of the Canadian pension commission (chairman); associate deputy minister of pensions and national health (vicechairman)'; chairman, civil service commission; deputy minister of labour or representative; deputy minister of public works or representative ; director of auxiliary services, Department of National Defence; representatives of the services, Department of National Defence; deputy minister of pensions and national health; representative of the Department of Finance; representative of the Department of Agriculture; dominion statistician.

(b) Yes.

(c) No.

3. (a), (b), (c) and (d) All recommendations of this committee are made confidentially to cabinet committee which refers them to cabinet council when decision as to policy is to be reached. Policies are announced by the government in the usual way.

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Subtopic:   INTERDEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT AND REHABILITATION
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SELECTIVE SERVICE-C. F. NEEDHAM

NAT

Mr. STOKES:

National Government

1. Is C. F. Needham employed in national selective service?

2. If so, what is his official position?

3. What duties or functions does he perform as such?

4. Has he any other position?

5. What is his total yearly salary?

6. Is he entitled to any living or travelling allowances and expenses in addition to said salary?

7. If so, how much has been paid to him for such living or travelling allowances and expenses since he was appointed to his present post?

8. What governmental posts did he hold prior to his appointment to the said position?

9. What experience and qualifications does he possess for the discharge of his present duties?

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Subtopic:   SELECTIVE SERVICE-C. F. NEEDHAM
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LIB

Mr. MARTIN: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. Associate director of national selective service, civilian.

3. Assists director of N.S.S. in handling matters pertaining to civilian side of N.S.S. including labour supply problems, and in consultation with other government departments concerned deals with the establishment of labour priorities for industries and occupations, curtailment of non-essential industries for manpower, encourages dilution of labour by use of women, upgrading of employees, etc., organizes a manpower advisory committee in any industry where thought necessary with approval of the director of N.S.S. and collaborates with the director of employment service branch and unemployment insurance to draft the necessary instructions in regard to carrying out manpower policies and procedures relating to labour supply problems.

4. No.

5. $6,500.

6. Yes; actual and reasonable travelling and living expenses while absent from Toronto in the performance of his duties.

7. $1,643.70.

8. None.

9. For over forty years employed by Grand Trunk Railway and later Canadian National Railways in dealing with labour and associated matters and other railway subjects.

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Subtopic:   SELECTIVE SERVICE-C. F. NEEDHAM
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SELECTIVE SERVICE-LABOUR SUPPLY BRANCH

NAT

Mr. CARDIFF:

National Government

1. What are the functions of the labour supply branch of national selective service?

2. To what extent have these functions been performed to date?

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LIB

Mr. MARTIN: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour)

Liberal

1. Makes recommendations on labour supply matters referred to it and in consultation with

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other government departments concerned deals with the establishment of labour priorities for industries and occupations, curtailment of nonessential industries for man-power, encourages dilution of labour by use of women, upgrading of employees, etc., organizes a man-power advisory committee in any industry where thought necessary with approval of the director of national selective service and collaborates with the director of employment service branch and unemployment insurance to draft the necessary instructions in regard to carrying out man-power policies and procedures relating to labour supply problems.

2. The functions referred to have been carried out.

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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

CHRISTIE STREET HOSPITAL

NAT

Mr. BRUCE:

National Government

1. How many veterans of the last war are still patients at Christie street hospital?

2. How many sick or wounded men returned from overseas since 1939 are now patients at Christie street hospital?

3. How many sick or wounded serving in, (a) the home defence army; (b) the reserve army, are now patients in Christie street hospital ?

4. How many cases of venereal disease are now being treated at Christie street hospital as, (a) in-patients; (b) out-patients?

5. How many of these are male, and how many female?

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Subtopic:   CHRISTIE STREET HOSPITAL
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PENSIONS AND NATIONAL HEALTH-HOSPITALS

July 14, 1943